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Hendrick ter Brugghen: 'A Man playing a Lute'

Ter Brugghen adopted the subject of flamboyantly dressed half-length figures playing musical instruments from the work of Caravaggio and his immediate Roman followers. This type of picture of a life-size, half-length figure playing a musical instrument became popular among the Utrecht followers of Caravaggio in the early 1620s.

Ter Brugghen was in Rome for about ten years from 1604, where he studied the work of Caravaggio and his followers.

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